Twice now, two separate years, two separate places, two different types of fruit trees...I’ve had a pear tree and a peach tree have lots of hanging fruit that was ripe or a little after, and then magically the fruit is gone.
Like a magic trick, nothing on the ground and pretty much nothing left in the tree.
Has anyone else had this happen? Maybe birds? But do they carry off fruit like pears? One location is in town and one is at our farm.
It’s weird and wondered if anyone else has had this happen.
Where are you located? Who are your usual suspects in the fruit thievery department?
If you were at my place I'd say possums, then rosellas, followed by kereru (wood pigeons). Each of these tends to leave some sort of evidence, though. Possums break branches, rosellas rarely consume a whole fruit, and kereru leave all sorts of bits on the ground.
Pear tree is in town, suburb but small town, peach tree was at the farm. So plenty of critters at the farm, not so many in town. But we have provided a lot of habitat in our yard (1.3 acres) so maybe raccoon?
Both trees had an abundance of fruit and then nothing. I thought maybe someone took the fruit at the house but the farm is off the beaten path